The Idiot Weekly (1958–1962) was
a radio programme made by the Australian Broadcasting Commission.
Transcriptions of The Goon Show
were broadcast on Australian radio from late 1955. When Spike Milligan visited
his parents in Woy Woy in 1958, the Australian Broadcasting Commission signed
him for a series of radio comedy broadcasts. They hoped for a local equivalent
of The Goon Show with an Australian slant to it, but without Peter Sellers and
The format was very similar to
The Goon Show, with Milligan recycling or adapting scripts and jokes for the
new show. The show contained typical Goonish humour and some of Milligan's Goon
Show characters, notably Eccles, made regular appearances. However it was
distinctly Australian with plots translated to Australian locations and
frequent references to topical events and Australian political figures of the
The closing credits were "a
radio reading of The Idiot Weekly" with the actors credited as
"Headlines by.." or "Cartoons by..." and the producer
credited as a sub-editor.
Many episodes include references
to the perceived poor state of the ABC, usually by the announcer. For example,
"This is the Australian Broadcasting Commission and it's going bald"
or "This is the ABC, and the roof leaks". These are similar to The
Goon Show's references to the BBC, e.g. "This is the BBC Home Service."
(Coin dropped into charity tin) "Thank you."
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